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Daily Trust, Abuja, 7 August 2012
Teenager caned for stealing gas cylinders
By Emma Elekwa
An Upper Area court sitting in Kubwa on Thursday ordered that an 18-year-old boy be given twelve strokes of the cane for stealing three gas cylinders and one generator set belonging to one Abubakar.
Ashiru Yusuf of no fixed address was convicted for theft, an offence which contradicts Sections 287 of the Penal Code.
Police Prosecutor, Ephraim Lukas, had told the court that one Saturday Edore of Phase 3, Kubwa and a security man complained at Kubwa Police Station that while they were at duty post, they caught the accused with three gas cylinders and one generator belonging to one Abubakar of Phase 4 Mosque.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded guilty and begged for mercy, blaming his action on hunger and devil's work.
Magistrate Mohammad Lawal Munir after listening to the accused person's mitigating pleas ordered that he should be given twelve strokes of the cane to serve as deterrent to others with similar minds.
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